Painting is fun. Like, really fun (ask any preschooler or kindergartener!). Throw a glass of wine in the mix and you get sip and paint—the 21st century’s answer to bowling night. These art-and-alcohol infused social events have always been a great alternative to a night at a bar—but their new, daytime counterparts are kid-friendly. Grab your pint-sized Picasso and your mini Monet and sign up for a sip (of apple juice) and paint class at one of these locations. And (yes!), the daytime classes include the mommy juice!
Muse Paintbar is making a sweeping brushstroke across the DMV this fall, opening locations in Fairfax, Gainesville and National Harbor . They currently operate area studios in Gaithersburg and Annapolis as well as eighteen additional sites nationwide. What makes Muse a stand-out is that all of their sessions are kid-friendly. They also offer special family day sessions and mommy and me paint classes. While classes are open to all ages, the Paintbar recommends that they are best suited for children 5 and up.
Various Locations (check website for locations)
ArtJamz may not have invented the sip and paint business model, but they were the first to bring nights of booze and brushes to the DC area. They haven’t completely abandoned their pop-up style roots—you can still find a pop-up event almost weekly throughout the city and the surrounding area—or you can head to one of their three locations (Dupont Circle, Brookland, and their newest outpost, Crystal City). The brick-and-mortar shops are part lounge, part art studio offering a place to grab a canvas while consuming beer, wine or speciality drinks. While they specialize in social adult events, you can book the spaces for a private children’s party. Or stop by every Saturday and Sunday for their all-age art sessions from noon to 6 pm.
Cost: Starting at $15
1728 Connecticut Ave NW (Dupont Circle)
716 Monroe Street NE, Studio 24 (Brookland)
2105-B Crystal Plaza Arcade (Arlington, Va)
Merlot’s classes aren’t specifically kid-friendly (anyone under 21 needs special permission to attend), but they do offer private events for children. The Portrait Art class (a private event option) lets novice artists complete a paint-by-number picture of their favorite pet or loved one. The studio also overs Jr Picasso Paint Parties for children four and older. If you just want to enjoy a night out sans kids, we heart this place for their BYOB option (with a $10 unlimited corkage fee).
Cost: Starting at $35
1512 U St. (U Street)